GUEST SHARE / By the Editors of TIME Magazine--“Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate.” That is what the brilliant young scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao told TIME about her process, over Zoom, from her home in Lone Tree, Colorado, during a break in her virtual schooling.
Just 15 years old, Rao has been selected from a field of more than 5,000 nominees as TIME’s first ever Kid of the Year. She spoke about her astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying, and about her mission to create a global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over.
Even over video chat, her brilliant mind and generous spirit shone through, along with her inspiring message to other young people: don’t try to fix every problem, just focus on one that excites you. “If I can do it,” she said, “anybody can do it.”
Learn more about Gitanjali Rao in a TIME question and answer feature. Click here.
TIME profiled several other candidates for its annual Kid of the Year feature. Click Above.